By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
Photo(s) Credit: Glock, Inc.
Glock just released information on their new single-stack “slim-line” 9mm Parabellum/9x19mm NATO sub-compact pistol, called the Glock 43 (G43)–and they’ve got a nice new website specifically for it. FINALLY. This is BIG news, for which DefenseReview (DR) has been waiting a LONG time, long before the Glock 42 (G42) .380 ACP/9mm Kurtz was released awhile back. The G42 sports an over-sized magazine-release button, and what appears to be a Gen-4 gripframe with a slightly extended and reshaped grip tang.
We also have a prediction about the G43. It’s Defense Review’s opinion that the G43 will surpass both the Glock 26 (G26) and Glock 19 (G19), DR’s current concealed carry gun) as Glock’s premiere concealed carry pistol, and has a good chance of becoming the best-selling CCW pistol ever…EVER–in any caliber. If the Glock 43 proves as reliable, accurate and durable as all previous Glock 9mm pistols, it’s got a better than decent shot, excuse the pun, and will likely relegate DR’s G19 to home defense status. We may want to use a magazine/grip extension, though. We’ll see.
The first people to get their hands on one will be NRA SHOW 2015 attendees with an invite to the Glock 43 Launch Party on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
We want one. Oh, and we frankly can’t wait to see what custom/semi-custom shops and Glock accessories manufacturers like ZEV Technologies (ZEV Tech), Arsenal Democracy (AD), the Ashbury Precision Ordnance APO Custom Shop (APOCS) and Salient Arms International (SAI) can do with the G43. We’d also like to see how the G43 stacks up against the Smith & Wesson (S&W) M&P SHIELD sub-compact 9mm pistol in terms of feel/ergonomics, reliability, accuracy and durability.
Editor’s Note: DR was quite disappointed that Glock’s first single-stack was a .380 ACP, rather than a 9mm Parabellum. But the G43 is finally here, and we’re very happy about that. Better late (and second) than never. Let’s just hope the wait’s worth it.
The following is the official Glock press release on the G42:
Mar. 20, 2015
Kie Wagner, GLOCK, Inc.
770-432-1202 or [email protected]
GLOCK Releases Single Stack 9mm Concealed Carry – The New G43
SMYRNA, Ga – (Mar. 20, 2015) – Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43 (G43). The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated pistol release in GLOCKs history. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.
“The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” stated GLOCK, Inc., VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”
A true slimline pistol, the frame width of the G43 is just over one inch and the slide width measures only 0.87 inch. The overall length is 6.26 inches. For those who have smaller hands, the trigger distance is only 2.6 inches, making it ideal for functionality. The single stack magazine holds 6 rounds and is the perfect concealed carry pistol for both duty and civilian use. The G43 is engineered to the same superior standards as all GLOCK pistols and the reliability instills confidence for all lifestyles.
The G43 will debut at the NRA Annual Meeting, April 10-12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn., at the GLOCK booth (#633). Shipments of the product will begin directly following the convention.
The GLOCK Group is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK’s superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with approximately 65 percent of agencies within the United States choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the group has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit http://us.glock.com/.”
Company Contact Info:
6000 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30082
Glock Ges.m.b.H. P.O.
Box 9 A-2232
Deutsch Wagram AUSTRIA
Phone: +43 (0) 2247 – 90300-0
Fax: +43 (0) 2247 – 90300-300
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